Brooklyn-based Vice Media Group is launching its first standalone literary platform, which will be dedicated to original pieces of science fiction. The site, Terraform, will operate as a part of Motherboard, Vice's online science and technology magazine and video channel.
The site kicks off with contributions from Cory Doctorow and Bruce Sterling. Writers, both established talent and new voices, will publish one piece per week, and ultimately, said Vice, Terraform will feature a "blend of traditional and nontraditional future fiction," told in prose, GIF art, and comics.
Terraform will be headed up by Motherboard editor Brian Merchant, and musician and Motherboard futures editor Claire L. Evans.
"Motherboard is already at the bleeding edge of the future," said Evans. "Publishing science fiction is a logical next step for us. We've led the charge, investigating and reporting about technology—now we want to share stories about where all these technologies might lead. Think of it as future journalism. Tomorrow's news today."
The launch batch of stories, in addition to those by Doctorow ("Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell"), and Sterling ("The Brain Dump"), will include a piece by Evans ("The Overview Effect), and Adam Rothstein ("Targeted Strike 2: Judgment Database").
Merchant described the site's goal as publishing "short, topical pieces of speculative fiction will create mainstream short-form internet fiction, with a little help from some of the best authors and artists in the game."